American poet Allen Ginsberg once stated that Richard Nagler’s photographs were “picture poems”. Indeed, the works presented by the American photographer on his third book can be interpreted as succinct haikus that spotlight the most deep human aspects.
Word on the Street, first published by Heyday last November, is an assemblage of 70 pictures taken by Nagler for over 30 years of wanderings through the streets of cities like Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, during which he captured moments where the ordinary typography of public spaces and the passersby are found in perfect match.
On a decadent building, an old lady comes out the window. Below her, there’s a sign with the word “time”. Right above the open umbrella of a woman walking under the rain, one can note the work “water”. These and other images compiled in the book highlight Nagler’s ability to perceive those visual puns, expressing them through his trade of choice with the accuracy of someone who keeps a pretty clear goal in mind: “explore the human condition and our physical environment”.
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